ain^dhu karaththanai yAnai mukaththanai
in^dhin iLampiRai pOlum eyiRRanai
n^an^dhi makanRanai nyAnak kozun^dhinai
pun^dhiyil vaiththaDi pORRukin REnE.
Pan-changa, a Sanskrit word, means "five limbs,"
which refers to the fact that every panchangam includes the five
basic elements of tithi (lunar day), naksatra (the constellation
the moon is aligned with), karana (half-day), yoga (a particular
angle of the sun and moon) and vara or vasara (solar
We are all well aware of the concepts of "good
timing" and "bad timing" and how at certain times
everything seems to be flowing along smoothly, while at other
moments things "just don't come together."
The calendar provides knowledge to understand such phenomena,
so that one can take advantage of auspicious moments and avoid
new undertakings when the creative forces are on the wane.
DIVISIONS OF TIME
Telling time has been refined to a science in the Hindu
culture. And nowhere is time given greater prominence than in the
In India there are numerous era systems in use. The Kali Era,
Vikrama Era, and the Saka Era are several of the era systems
being followed today.
The Hindu year for the Kali Era system begins when the Sun
enters the sign of Mesha (Aries). It is a day of great
importance, and a time of celebration, marking the dawn of a New
THE NAME OF THE YEAR
In all, there are sixty names, which repeat in a sixty-year
cycle based on the time it takes Jupiter to orbit the sun five
The names of the years are:
Prabhava, Vibhava, Sukla, Pramoda, Prajapati, Angiras,
Srimukha, Bhava,Yuvan, Dhatri, Isvara, Bahudhanya, Pramathin,
Vikrama, Vrisha, Chitrab-hanu, Subhanu, Tarana, Parthiva, Vyaya,
Sarvajit, Sarvadharin, Virodhin,Vikrita, Khara, Nandana, Vijaya,
Jaya, Manmatha, Durmukha, Hemalamba, Vilamba, Vikarin, Sarvari,
Plava, Subhakrit, Sobhana, Krodhin, Vis-vavasu, Parabhava,
Palavanga, Kilaka, Saumaya, Sadharana, Virodhakrit,Paridhavin,
Pramadin, Ananda, Rakshasa, Anala (or Nala), Pingala,Kalayukta,
Siddharthin, Raudra, Durmati, Dundubhi, Rudhirodgarin,Raktaksha,
Krodhana and Kshaya (or Akshaya).
Each year is divided into two halves, known as ayana.
Uttarayana begins on the day of the winter solstice, normally
December 21, when the sun begins its apparent northward journey.
Dakshinayana begins on the first day of the summer solstice,
normally June 21, marking the sun's southward movement. The
two days commencing the two ayanas are considered sacred and
known as punya kala, "times of great merit.
THE SIX SEASONS-RTAU
In the West we are familiar with four seasons-spring, summer,
autumn and winter. In India, there are six seasons. Each season
is two months (masa) duration.
1)The new year begins with Vasanta Rtau, the season when the
trees and plants are blossoming, which begins on the first day of
Mesha Mase (mid-April).
2) Grishma Rtau, commencing at the start of Maithuna Mase (in
mid-June), is the "hot summer."
3) The rainy season, Varsha Rtau, begins in Simha Mase
4) Sara Rtau, the season of fruits, begin in Thula Mase
5) Hemantha Rtau, the cold season, begins in mid-December.
6) Sisir Rtau, the last season of the year, begins in Kumbha Mase
(mid-February), when trees and plants begin sprouting new
Each season a different textbook is studied. They are as
1) Nartana Ritau, the season of Dancing with Siva, begins on
Hindu New Year. This is the period of creation, the warm season,
from mid-April through mid-August.
2) During Jivana Ritau, the rainy season, from mid-August to mid
December, Living with Siva: Hinduism's Contemporary Culture
is the primary text.
3) The third period of the year, Moksha Ritau, the cool season,
is from mid-December to mid-April.
THE MONTH-MASA-SOLAR AND LUNAR
In India, several states use a solar-year calendar while
others use the lunar-year calendar. In all states the lunar
calendar is used for determining the dates of religious festivals
and for selecting auspicious times for beginning many
socio-religious activities. Vedic Calendar uses both the solar
month and the lunar month and would be known as a
For business purposes and modern convenience we also use the
Gregorian year which follows neither a solar month nor a lunar
The Hindu astronomical text, Surya-Siddhanta, defines the
solar month as the time it takes the sun to traverse one rasi
(Zodiac sign), measured from the time of entry into one rasi
(this point is known as a samkranti) and the next. The point when
the sun enters Mesha (Aries) rasi is widely accepted as the
beginning of the year. Thus the first solar month is called Mesha
The Sanskrit names of the solar months are listed in Vedic
Calendar. Each is named after the sign of the zodiac that the sun
is in. Their names are Mesha(Aries), Vrshabha (Taurus), Mithuna
(Gemini), Kataka (Cancer), Simha (Leo),Kanya (Virgo), Thula
(Libra), Vrschika (Scorpio), Dhanus (Sagittarius),
Makara(Capricorn), Kumbha (Aquarius) and Meena (Pisces).
The lunar month is measured either by the period covered from
one new-moon to the next, known as the amanta or mukhya mana
system, or from one full-moon to the next one, known as the
purnimanta or gauna mana system. Vedic Calendar uses the
purnimanta lunar month system.
One month is the duration of one orbit of the moon around the
earth. In Hindu measuring of time, this period is divided in two
parts, the light fortnight, called shukla paksha (or sudi), and
the dark fortnight, called krishna paksha (orvadi). Shukla Paksha
is the period when the moon is waxing, beginning on the new moon
(Amavasya) and extending to the full moon (Purnima). Krishna
pak-sha, the period when the moon is waning, begins after the
full moon and extends to the new moon. Knowing whether the moon
is waxing or waning is helpful in understanding the moon's
current influence. Under the waxing moon, we are generally more
energetic, as moon's forces are on the rise, indicating
growth and development.
THE MOON SIGN OR RASI
In Vedic Calendar the rasi names the Zodiac sign the moon is
currently passing through. It lists the degree of the sign of the
moon at 6:00 AM. For example, "Kataka (Cancer) Rasi
1.4" means that the moon is at 1.4 degrees Cancer at6:00 in
the morning. The moon travels approximately 12º per day. For
gardening, the moon sign is useful in determining planting,
harvesting, fertilizing gardening activity dates.
The moon takes a little over two and one-half days to traverse
one zodiac sign. The rasis are Mesha (Aries), Vrshabha (Taurus),
Mithuna (Gemini), Kataka (Cancer),Simha (Leo), Kanya (Virgo),
Thula (Libra), Vrschika (Scorpio), Dhanus (Sagittar-ius), Makara
(Capricorn), Kumbha (Aquarius) and Meena (Pisces).
THE DAY-SOLAR AND LUNARTHE SOLAR DAY-VARA
In addition to observing the lunar day, or tithi (discussed in
the next section), the traditional Hindu calendar also recognizes
the solar day, or vara. The vara begins with sunrise and ends
with sunrise the next day, based on the rotation of the earth on
its axis. (The time of sunrise and sunset are listed in Vedic
Each solar day is divided into 24 horas (hours), and the horas
are assigned to the planets in their "descending side-real
There are seven days in the week, and each is most strongly
influenced by a particular planet as follows. In Vedic calendar,
vara is listed after the English weekday notation.
Solar Day (vara)
Bhanu (or Ravi) vara Sunday Sun
Indu (or Soma) vara Monday Moon
Mangala vara Tuesday Mars
Budha vara Wednesday Mercury
Guru (or Brihaspati) vara Thursday Jupiter
Sukra vara Friday Venus
Manta (or Sani) vara Saturday Saturn
KALI ERA LUNAR DAYS-30
Days are also designated by the Kali Era measurement, known as
the tithi. A tithi is an exact lunar day, which is approximately
one-thirtieth of the time it takes the moon to orbit the earth. A
tithi may vary in length from day to day. There are 15 tithis in
Their names are: Prathama, Dvitiya, Tritiya,Chaturthi,
Panchami, Shasthi, Saptami, Ashtami, Navami, Dasami, Ekadasi,
Dvadasi, Trayodasi, Chaturdasi and Amavasya/Purnima. Purnima,
full-moonday, is the fifteenth tithi of the bright fortnight, and
Amavasya, new-moon day, is the fifteenth tithi of the dark
fortnight. (On many panchangams, the new moon is numbered as the
Certain tithis are not conducive for study or beginning new
efforts. In Gurukulas (schools) and aadheenams (monasteries)
these are times of retreat. As they occur in pairs four times per
moon, they are roughly parallel to the modern
"weekend", though, of course, they do not necessarily
fall on Saturday and Sun-day. The retreat tithis are Ashtami,
Navami, Amavasya, Prathama and Purni-ma.
Each has its own special nature. Purnima (full-moon day) is
especially good for worship. Amavasya (new moon day) is conducive
to meditation. For many de-vout Hindus, Amavasya and Purnima are
times of vrata, observing religious vows. Prathama, the tithi
following both Purnima and Amavasya, is generally a good day for
seminars and philosophical discussions. Ashtami and Navami are
ideally reserved for rest and relaxation. Ashtami is
traditionally a day for fasting and not a good day for learning.
(In western as-trology, Ashtami would be recognized as a square
aspect between the sun and the moon, a configuration which can
make for a difficult day.)
Ashtami is considered inauspicious for beginning new
activities because of the inharmonious energies existing due to
the relationship between the sun and moon.
Karana is half of a tithi or lunar day. There are sixty
karanas in one lunar month, but only eleven distinct names are
used. The first karana ends at the middle of the tithi and the
second karana ends with the ending of that tithi. Like the yoga,
the karana is a factor used by astrologers for determining the
auspicious-ness of the day for a given activity.
The names of the karanas are: Bava, Balava, Kaulava, Taitila,
Gara, Vanij, Visti, Sakuni, Chatuspada, Naga and Kimtughna.
THE CONSTELLATION OF THE DAY-NAKSHATRA
Nakshatras imply means star cluster. In Hindu astrology the
term nearly al-ways refers to 27 specific star-clusters, or
constellations, which lie along the ecliptic. The ecliptic is the
apparent yearly path of the sun as seen from the earth. These
constellations happen to be at approximately equal distances
apart. Each naksatra embodies particular ideas, powers and forces
of nature. When a planet comes into alignment with one of these
star clusters (from the view of an individual standing on the
earth), the rays of the stars combine with those of the planet to
influence the earth. All of the planets, one after another, pass
through the ecliptic and align with each of the 27 Nakshatras.
The most important "naksatra" is the one the moon is
currently aligned with, as the swift-moving moon's influence
is the most significant to daily life on Earth. All the
nakshatras given in Vedic Calendar are for the moon. This means
that the naksatra currently in effect is the one that the moon
has "conjoined."(Similarly, the current rasi, Zodiac
sign, is the one that the moon has conjoined.)
THE IMPORTANCE OF NAKSHATRA
Each naksatra exerts its own unique energies upon the planets
within its influence. The nakshatras are considered so important
that constellational or naksatra astrology is a field of Hindu
astrology in itself. Naksatra consideration is a critical element
in Muhurtham-discerning the nature of a given period and choosing
auspicious times for various activities.
The twenty-sevennakshatras are: Asvini, Bharani, Krittika,
Rohini, Mrigasira, Ardra, Punarvasu, Pushya,Aslesha, Magha,
Purvaphalguni, Uttaraphalguni, Hasta, Chitra, Svati,Visakha,
Anuradha, Jyeshtha, Mula, Purvashadha, Uttarashadha,
Sravana,Dhanishtha, Satabhishaj, Purvaprostapada,
Uttaraprostapada and Revati.
The ending time for each tithi, naksatra and yoga is listed in
column after each item, respectively. Usually the tithi ending
time is the same as the karana ending time. If this is the case,
the ending time for the evening karana is listed, and you can
assume that the morning karana ends on the tithi ending time.
EIGHT DAYTIME PERIODS-THE KALAS
The period between sunrise and sunset each day is divided into
eight periods. Each period, or kala, lasts approximately one and
one-half hours, depending on the total duration of sunlight.
Three of the eight kalas are considered most important. Rahu
Kala, Yama Kala and Gulika Kala-known collectively as the
Rahu Kala is considered malefic for commencing new
undertakings.Yama is also an interfering current, but is less
influential than Rahu. Yama Kala is considered an auspicious time
for antyesti (funeral) rites. Gulika is the most auspicious time
of the day for commencing new activities.
Each kala occurs at approximately the same time on each
particular day of the week. Thus, Gulika Kala occurs at
approximately 7AM every Friday. If you've ever wondered why
Monday mornings are so infamous, note that Rahu Kala is generally
between 7:30 and 9AM every Monday. The trini samayam are listed
at the top of column three for each day.
THE TWENTY-SEVEN YOGAS
Yoga is a planetary configuration, union or relationship.
Yoga, like the tithi, is an angle of the sun and the moon (the
earth being the point of the angle). Yogas are another factor in
determining the auspiciousness of the day.
Just as there are twenty-seven nakshatras, there are
twenty-seven yogas, known as the Yoga Taras of Nakshatras. They
are: Vishakambha, Priti, Ayushman, Saubhagya, Sobhana, Atiganda,
Sukarma,Dhriti, Sula, Ganda, Vriddhi, Dhruva, Vyaghat, Harshana,
Vajra, Siddhi,Vyatipatha, Variyan, Parigha, Siva, Siddha, Sadhya,
Subha, Sukla, Brahma, Indra and Vaidhriti.
ROUTINE OR CREATIVE WORK DAYS-AMRITADI YOGAS
The resultant of the waves propagated by the planets and the
stars on the human psyche are indicated in four degrees. In the
Vedic calendar, this esoteric yoga is listed in bold type in the
left column of each day's designations.
AMRITA YOGA-CREATIVE WORK: Very good for creative types of
work and auspicious undertakings.
SIDDHA YOGA-CREATIVE WORK: Good for creative types of work and
MARANA YOGA-ROUTINE WORK: Should be avoided for new
under-takings and beginning travel. Routine work only.
PRABALARSHTA YOGA-ROUTINE WORK: Should be absolutely avoided
for new undertakings and beginning travel. Routine work only.
THE COLOR OF THE DAY
Each day has a color (listed in the fifth column), indicating
the general subconscious or astral vibration of the day. This is
the vibration caused by the moon rasi.
DEITY CLOTHING COLORS
Each day lists the appropriate color of clothing for dressing
the Deity in Vedic ages of Lord Siva, Lord Muruga and Lord
Ganesha in temples and home shrines. The colors of Lord Siva and
Lord Ganesha generally change about every three days, while Lord
Muruga's color changes about once a month.
THE GEM OF THE DAY
Gems, known in Sanskrit as ratna, are the most potent
representatives of the mineral world and are frequently objects
of great veneration. Gems are the congealed influences of the
planets and heavenly bodies, the crystallized products of
invisible rays operating within the crust of the earth.
They, therefore, retain the powers of the planets in a highly
concentrated form. Gems are believed to have the power to cure
diseases, to increase strength and counteract negative
influences. They are worn as amulets against sickness and are
sometimes (though rarely) powdered and imbibed in liquid
concoctions. On each day of Vedic Calen-dara gem is indicated.
The gem of the day can be used to adorn the Deities in the temple
or the home shrine.
There is one gem for each day of the week as follows:
Sunday-ruby, Monday-pearl, Tuesday-coral, Wednesday-emerald,
Thurs-day-topaz, Friday-diamond, Saturday-sapphire.
FESTIVALS AND OTHER SPECIAL DAYS
PRADOSHA VRATA DAYS
One of the special days noted on your calendar is the Pradosha
Vrata, liter-ally "evening vow." This is a traditional
observance among devout Saivites, a day of fasting, worship and
meditation. Pradosha is a daily 3 hour period from 11/2hours
before sunset until 11/2hours afterwards as day dissolves into
night. Pradosha time on Trayodasi (the 13th tithi) is especially
special, hailed for Siva worship and meditation. If the 13th
tithi ends before sun-set, then the Pradosha vrata begins on the
12th tithi. For example, if you look at your panchangam and it
says: "Wednesday, Trayodasi (tithi 13) until 3:19 PM"
you can see that it ends before sunset on Wednesday. Therefore
the Pradosha vrata begins the previous day (Tuesday) as the 13th
tithi will actually begin sometime Tuesday evening.
If you wish to fast once each month, observe the vrata on the
Krishna Pak-sha Pradosham. If you wish to fast twice each month,
then you may observe this fast on both Pradosha days-one during
each paksha. The most orthodox devotees will fast on water all
day and only take light temple prasadams or fruits and milk in
the evening. No cooked food is taken until the following day. A
less strict observance is to fast during the day on just water,
herb teas or fruits and milk and then take one's normal food
in the evening after the temple pujas and your meditations are
finished. The strictness of one's fasting will depend
entirely on one's inner goals, health and daily activities.
For those interested in integrating their yoga sadhana with the
pan-changam, the Pradosha days of both pakshas are considered
very special for intensification of meditation.
After fasting all day and observing the auspicious worship of
God Siva at sunset, a vigil is kept in the evening, at which time
one performs Raja Yoga, meditating on inner light and Lord Siva.
The Pradosha day of the Sukla Paksha is especially conducive to
good meditation. The Pradosha day of the Krishna Paksha is
considered the last day of the Krishna Paksha when the moon will
help you in your yoga. It is advisable to do a vigil then to
absorb the last of the moon's power.
THE SCIENCE OF GOOD TIMING-MUHURTHA
In this section a vast area of Hindu astrology known as
Muhurtha, the choosing of auspicious times is touched upon
briefly. First is a simple summary of auspicious times for new
ventures, followed by a description of the nature of the 27
A WORD ABOUT AUSPICIOUS BEGINNINGS.
Here it may be helpful to mention the idea behind auspicious
beginnings. Just as each person has an astrological nature which
is determined by the configuration of the stars and planets at
his time of birth, so do buildings, businesses, countries and
communities. In fact, each and every endeavor is influenced by
the nature of the moment of its conception and continues to
reflect that nature throughout its existence. With this in mind,
it becomes clear why one would, for example, wish to wait for the
"right day" to wear new clothing for the first time, to
plant a tree or set a foundation stone for a new building.
MARRIAGE, HOME-BLESSINGS AND NEW VENTURES
Below are listed auspicious nakshatras, tithis and rasis for
marriage, blessing a new home, starting a new business, and for
gardening. Optimum timing occurs when a day that has all
three-suitable naksatra, suitable rasi and suitable tithi-for the
BEST TIMES FOR MARRIAGESUITABLE NAKSHATRAS:
Rohini, Uttaraphalguni, Uttarasadha, Uttara-prostapada,
Anuradha, Mrigasira, Hasta, Svati, Magha. The first pada of Magha
and Mula and the last quarter of Revati are inauspicious. Those
notmentioned should be avoided.
Tithis 2, 3, 5, 7, 10, 11 and 13 of the bright half are good. One
should avoid the 1st, 6, 9, 14 and the full moon. Tithis not
suitable during Krishna Paksha are 8, 11, 12, 13, 14 and the new
SUITABLE RASIS FOR MARRIAGE:
Mithuna, Kanya and Thula. OK are Vr-ishabha, Kataka, Simha,
Dhanus and Kumbha. The rest are inauspicious.
BEST TIMES FOR NEW BUSINESSBEST NAKSHATRAS:
Asvi, Pushya, Uttaraphalguni, Svati, Ardra, Satab-hishak,
Uttaraprostapada BEST RASIS: Mesha, Mithuna, Simha, Thula,
Makara, MeenaBEST TITHIS: Panchami, Saptami, Dasami, Ekadasi, And
BEST TIMES FOR HOUSE WARMINGBEST NAKSHATRAS:
Anuradha, Mrigasira, Revati, Punarvasu, Satab-hishak, Pushya,
Hasta, Ardra Rohini, Uttarasadha, Uttaraphalguni,
Vrishabha, Mithuna, Simha, Kanya, Thula, Dhanus, Kumbha,
Dvadasi, Panchami, Saptami, Dasami, Ekadasi,
BEST TIMES FOR GARDENINGBEST NAKSHATRAS:
Planting seeds and plants: Rohini, Uttaraphalguni,Uttarashadha
and Uttaraprostapada. Caring for an existing garden: Shravana,
Dhanishta, Svati, Satabishak, Punarvasu.
Planting is best done during the tithis of shukla paksha, and
weeding should be done during krishna paksha.
In this section, the nature of the nakshatras are described.
One must keep in mind, of course, that naksatra is only one of
the factors involved in determining the nature of a given day.
Certainly, it is one of the most important elements but for a
complete picture, other influences must be considered as
NAKSHATRAS OF FIXED ENERGY
Rohini, Uttaraphalguni, Uttarasadha and Uttaraprostapada.
These nakshatras are auspicious times for permanent
works-planting seeds, moving into anew home, house blessings,
making vows, laying foundations, etc. Anything started at this
time may have good and lasting results. Uttaraphalguni and
Uttara-prostapada are especially good for starting a new
NAKSHATRAS OF SOFT ENERGY
Chitra, Mrigashira, Anuradha, Revati. These nakshatras are
considered auspicious for the first wearing of new clothes,
sexual union for conception, dancing, art, cultural performances
and ceremonial rites. Mrigashira, Anuradha and Revati are also
good days for house warming. Mrigashira and Anuradha are
suit-able for marriage ceremonies, but Chitra and Revati are
NAKSHATRAS OF LIGHT ENERGY
Asvi, Pushya, Hasta.When the Moon is in these stars,
activities such as decorations, pleasure outings, sports,
starting businesses, undertaking travels and administering
medicines are recommended. Hasta is also suitable for marriage
ceremonies. Asvi and Pushya are the best stars for starting new
businesses. Pushya and Hasta are also good for house
NAKSHATRAS OF SHARP ENERGY
Mula, Jyestha, Ardra, Aslesha. When the Moon is in any of
these stars, ac-tions like separating oneself from others,
engaging in debate, and chanting of powerful mantras are more
successful than at other times. These are good days for
activities requiring a harsh or strong, cutting force. Ardra is
also good for starting a new business or blessing a new home.
NAKSHATRAS OF MOVABLE ENERGY
Sravana, Dhanishta, Svati, Satabishak, Punarvasu. When the
Moon is in these stars, gardening, traveling, acquisition of
vehicles & good deeds of a non-permanent nature are
recommended. Svati is also suitable for marriage ceremonies and
good for starting a new business. Satabhishak is also good for
starting a new business or house blessing. Punarvasu is good for
NAKSHATRAS OF HARSH ENERGY
Purvaphalguni, Purvasadha, Bharani, Purvaprostapada, Magha:
These nakshatras are considered earthly in nature because they
stir the mind in one way or another. They are not good days to
begin something new. Purvaphalguni is a harsh naksatra but lucky
by nature. Its influence gives the ability to sway others; gives
courage, fire and enthusiasm, but may cause the mind to become
lusty. Pur-vasadha, earthly in quality, indicates an influence
causing people to do what they like without considering
others' opinions. Bharani can cause the mind to become
entangled in the material world. It can hide or eclipse insight,
causing struggle. Purvaprostapada (also called Purvabhadrapada)
may cause the mind to be passionate, unstable and impetuous. It
is a good time for penance.
NAKSHATRAS OF MIXED ENERGY
Krittika, Visakha. During these nakshatras, routine actions
and daily duties may be performed but no new important works
should be undertaken. These are excellent days for meditation and
absorbing the shakti.
BEST TIMES FOR TRAVEL
To choose an appropriate day to begin a journey, look in the
Calendar for a Siddha Yoga day or a Devaloka day. Avoid
nakshatras followed by an asterisk in the Calendar. These are not
good days to begin a journey. The time of your departure is also
important. Gulika Kala is best. Avoid leaving during the periods
of Rahu and Yama. Begin with a puja to invoke the blessings of
all three worlds.
Inauspicious yogas for beginning new things are: Vyaghat,
Parigha, Vajra,Vyathipatha, Dhriti, Ganda, Athiganda, Shula,
HINTS FOR LEARNING TO USE THE CALENDAR
If you are just warming up to the Vedic Calendar, you will
want to know where to start, as there are so many factors to
consider. The best time to refer to the calendar to learn about
the current day is in the morning, before you begin your morning
worship or sadhana. Begin by asking yourself the following:
1)Which of the four yogas is indicated for the day, e.g.
"SiddhaYoga-Creative Work"?2)What is the nakshatra, and
what is its nature?3)What is the tithi and its nature?4)What is
the paksha (is the moon waxing or waning)? 5)What are the most
auspicious (Gulika Kala) and inauspicious times (Rahu and Yama)
of the day?
Then intuitively put the answers together and pray to the
Deities for guidance and blessings throughout the day. By
becoming aware of and attuning your-self to these indicators, you
will be better prepared for the energies you are likely to face.
If all of the above factors are positive, you know this is an
exceptionally good day for beginning new ventures.
Observe how you feel and behave during different nakshatras.
Keep a record on those days so you'll know what to expect
from your nature. Your nature will incline you to behave in a
pattern. If you are aware of it, you can "catch"
your-self and be able to monitor your behavior. By doing this you
allow your soul nature to come forth. Panchangam helps us to look
for those times when we need to work harder. What does that mean?
We are aware of our outer nature, and we consciously make an
effort to overcome it. We practice the qualities of the soul
Amrtha yoga: These days can be very productive. Use them to
push pro-jects ahead to completion or to start them. Watch for
those rare periods when am-rita yoga falls over a period of
Siddha yoga: These days are also good for moving ahead with
projects. There may not be the zing present of the amrita yoga
Prabhalarishta yoga: Never begin new projects on these days
without of prayer and puja. Perform very routine work. Better yet
is to take the day off and go to the temple. The inauspicious
effects of the working yogas can be softened through prayer,
archanas and specific pujas.
We set ourselves up at the beginning of the day according to
the pan-changam. Just as we put on outer clothing according to
the weather, we prepare ourselves to work with our own individual
nature and its concomitant effect on those we live and work with
during the day
It is also very helpful to become familiar with your own birth
chart. Theday is just one small but significant part of your own
life pattern. Knowing your birth chart, just the simple and basic
three things-lagna (rising sign), moon and sun signs-helps you to
monitor your emotions, your reactions and habit pat-terns.
Rahu kala: Rahu is most important to be aware of. Windows are
closed. Doors are closed-inwardly, that is. Be careful of
confrontation, encounters, negotiations, deals, contracts and
agreements during this time. For example, it may not be a good
idea to have lunch with a client on Wednesday. Rahu Kala starts
at noon. This is a time when karmas are intensified, whether good
or bad, and the focus is on the karmas instead of the project at
A general formula to deter-mine rahu kala when you don't
have a calendar handy is to memorize the following jingle:
"Mother saw father wearing the turban suddenly."
Mother Monday 7:30-9:00AM
saw Saturday 9:00-10:30AM
father Friday 10:30-12:00AM
wearing Wednesday 12:00-1:30PM
the Thursday 1:30-3:00PM
turban Tuesday 3:00-4:30PM
suddenly Sunday 4:30-6:00PM
Gulika is a good time to do business, call that vendor who
wants to be paid. Hash over a business problem, talk to your son
about his grades in school, or to your daughter about her role in
the school play.
Yama kala is noted as a goodtime for inauspicious events such
Check the panchangam in the morning during puja. Note down
what you think the day will be like. At the end of the day,
review the day's actual events. See if there were any rough
spots which could use improving upon and note the various factors
involved for future reference. We wish you well with your use of
Vedic Calendar. May it help you to al-ways be in tune with God
Siva's Cosmic Energy. We welcome your suggestions and
comments on ways to improve the calendar year after year.